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April Blush Cold Hardy Pink Camellia Japonica
'April Blush' is a cold hardy Camellia that blooms in late winter through mid spring producing an abundance of fragrant, large, 4-5 inch elegant, semi-double flowers with soft-pink petals and bright yellow center anthers surrounded by an almost-white eye. Get all the details below!

April Blush Cold Hardy Pink Camellia Japonica

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April Blush Camellia Japonica
Camellia japonica 'April Blush'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b-9b Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6b, where this Camellia is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

April Blush is a cultivar within the April Camellia Series developed to have improved winter cold hardiness and a later bloom cycle than most other Camellia japonica. 'April Blush' is one of the few Camellia japonica we recommended for growing in USDA Zone 6b, as far north as southern Illinois.

April Blush Camellia blooms in late winter through mid spring producing an abundance of fragrant, large, 4-5 inch elegant, semi-double flowers with soft-pink petals and bright yellow anthers surrounded by an almost-white eye. The glossy dark green foliage provides amazing contrast and a wonderful backdrop for the beautiful flowers. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

A moderate growing Camellia with an upright habit of growth to about 8-10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide, April Blush can be grown as a shrub or small tree. As a shrub, it is ideal for use as a specimen, in groupings, as hedge or background plant and is especially nice as espalier (trained to grow flat against a wall). Lower branches can be removed to form a very attractive small tree that serves well as a focal point specimen in landscape borders and home foundation plantings. A fine addition to Camellia gardens, cottage gardens, cut flower gardens and woodland borders. Also suitable for containers that in cooler cliomates north of USDA Zone 6b can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.. Find Your Zone

Spacing:  5 to 6 feet apart for solid hedge; 12 feet or more apart for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Camellia adapt well to various soil types however prefer a moist but well-drained acidic soil that is rich in organic matter. Constantly soggy soil is a slow killer. In general, Camellia grows and blooms better in partial shade with some shelter from the hot afternoon sun. Morning sun with afternoon shade or filtered sunlight is perfect. All-day filtered sun is fine.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Camellias...


*Espalier (pronounced: ih-spal-yay) ...an ornamental shrub or tree that has been trained to grow flat against a wall, fence, or other vertical, flat surface.




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Species:  Japonica (Winter and Spring blooming)
Height at Maturity:  8-10' depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  6-8' depending on pruning
Spacing:  5-7' for solid hedges; 10'+ for space between
Flower Color:  White, Soft-Pink, Bright Yellow anthers
Flower Size:  Large, 4-5"
Flowering Period:  Late Winter, Early Spring, Mid Spring
Flower Type:  Semi Double 
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Sun Needs:  Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade or Filtered Sun, All Day Filtered Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Resistances:  Deer, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity
Intolerances:  Direct Afternoon Sun, Constantly Soggy Soil



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